Shannon Kula, D.L.S. named director, Women’s Leadership Center


WEST HARTFORD — The Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph recently named Shannon Kula as its founding director.

In this role she will oversee all aspects of the school’s commitment to empower women as leaders in their academic pursuits, community life, and professional careers.

University President Rhona C. Free said “Now more than ever, women need to be involved in decision-making at the highest levels in all organizations. With her unique experience and perspective, Dr. Kula will develop programs for the Women’s Leadership Center that empower and prepare women, and men, to be effective, ethical leaders in their communities and workplaces.”

Most recently, Kula was chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and, in 2017, retired after completing over 13 years of service in her office. For nearly two decades, she led strategic initiatives with advocates on women, children, and the nation’s military. Kula was also a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and worked in both his Connecticut and Washington, D.C. offices.